Expo: Of Snowballs and Snowflakes

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Editor’s Note: All this week, Macworld editors will report from the Macworld Expo show floor on meetings with Mac developers, new product announcements, and anything else that catches their eye.

Over the Christmas holiday, I was on the clock for a video blog. Despite my best efforts, I didn’t get it done before we had to fly home to Colorado to visit the family. In order to finish production in Colorado, I had to travel with the Snowball, the excellent—but oddly-shaped and not small—USB microphone from Blue Microphones. (I was a bit concerned that the thing wouldn’t get through security, given its odd shape, so I actually put it in our checked luggage.)

A promotional shot of the Snowflake microphone

After completing the project and returning home, Snowball in hand, I was very interested in visiting Blue Microphone’s booth at Macworld Expo this year—to offer them my compliments on the Snowball, but also to inquire about the possibility of a smaller yet still excellent microphone. When I reached their booth, I found that my not-yet-aired complaints had already been addressed! Sitting there on Blue Microphones’ display table was a Snowflake, a smaller, portable version of the Snowball. (Alas, there’s no pricing information on the company’s home page as of yet.)

The Snowflake takes the good stuff in the Snowball—the excellent circuitry and microphone design—and wraps it in a much smaller container. This smaller ball then snaps into a larger base, into which it folds down for easy travel when not in use. The required USB cable even fits inside the base, making for very easy travel. Once you arrive at the destination, you can unfold the mic and use it attached to the base, or you can detach it. When detached, the microphone is attached to a u-shaped mount that can be easily placed on the top edge of a portable Mac’s screen, for instance.

The Snowball should be shipping very soon, and we’ll be putting it to the test to see if it performs as well as its larger sibling.

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